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Jury Finds Former Deputy Constable Mario Ramos Not Guilty

Jury Finds Former Deputy Constable Mario Ramos Not Guilty
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POSTED: Monday, March 5, 2012 - 11:38pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 5:45pm

EL PASO - A jury finds former deputy constable Mario Ramos not guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Monday evening.

Ramos was accused of shooting and wounding Juan Ortegon after a car chase August 18, 2008.

"We're grateful that the jury took it's time," said Defense Attorney Joe Rosales after the verdict. "They obviously deliberated very carefully through all the evidence, they took two days or longer to parcel everything that was presented."

After the judge delivered the jury's verdict, Ortegon stormed out of the courtroom.

"I feel like the system and society has let somebody else down," Ortegon said.

During the trial witnesses testified Ortegon was not a threat to Ramos during the shooting. They said Ortegon wasn't armed and was running away from Ramos when he was shot.

"There's all the witnesses pointing at what happened that day and to see a bad cop walk around like that is just ridiculous," Ortegon said.

Ramos testified Ortegon had him in a headlock and was reaching around his waistband for something. Ramos said he was able to break away and when Ortegon came toward him in a threatening manner, Ramos fired his weapon.

The jury of six men and six women spent more than two days deciding Ramos's fate. Ortegon knew it was a bad sign when the jury didn't quickly return with a decision.

"I just had a bad feeling since it's been taking so long I've been waiting for three and half years, four years already and it came down to this," Ortegon said.

Mario Ramos didn't speak to media after the verdict. He was rushed out the back of the courthouse, according to his attorney.

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I hope both parties learn from this experience.

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